Apple Announces Education-Themed Event for March 27 in Chicago

Apple has announced a education-themed event for March 27, where it might unveil new iPads, Macs, and a revamped Apple Pencil, among other products.

This time, however, Apple will not be hosting the event in California, instead opting for Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago. Invitations for the event were sent out this morning with the tagline: “Let’s take a field trip.”

“Join us to hear new creative ideas for teachers and students,” the invitation says.

As usual, the invitation was thin on details — Apple is notoriously silent about future products and programs. But while the event would be a departure from past March confabs, it would fall in line with recent initiatives at Apple.

Apple has long courted students and teachers for its devices, offering educational discounts and software tools such as iBooks Textbooks. Most recently, the Cupertino company has made a big push around teaching students how to write software, using its Swift programming language.

While Apple has not yet provided any other details, it’s hard to argue that the custom logo used in the invitation does not resemble a pen stroke an iPad Pro owner could make with an Apple Pencil.

March’s event could see the debut of a redesigned iPad with a slimmer bezel and facial recognition, an updated Apple Pencil, as well as a new entry-level MacBook to update its aging Air line.